…We changed our clocks and that means Spring is approaching.
No one enjoys the week of daylight savings, we all feel we have been robbed of that extra hour for at least a week or so. But once we adjust we remember that changing the clocks in March means one thing, SPRING!! It is that time of year when all the fragrant smells of tulips, lilacs, and daffodils fill the air. The trees begin to show the sprouting of new leaves, the grass grows greener, and the day light stays longer.
I love to wake up in the morning as I get ready to prepare breakfast for our guests and look on our grounds for what new life has sprouted since the day before. Our Koi pond comes to life more and more each day as the plants and lily pads welcome our fish. The cottage begins to be surrounded by the gorgeous gardens we have planted. And that smell that makes you feel like each day is perfumed with joy and happiness.
Each season has its special memories, it’s own promise of special times. The spring warmth and rebirth is so refreshing that it puts a smile on my face. As we change from season to season I enjoy taking a moment to appreciate the beauty that it brings and the gratefulness that we live in such a magnificent place to see the most amazing parts of all 4 seasons.
We hope you have an opportunity to come visit us this spring and experience the wonderful elegance that Galena has as the town comes to life with all the new baby animals and the blossoming of the trees and flowers.
We look forward to seeing you soon,
Cheryl and Carmine
Holiday Cheer is All Around Galena
The Holiday season brings such beautiful and festive events to Galena and our nearby small towns. There is nothing quite like a stroll down Main Street to enjoy the spirit of the season. December starts off with on Friday December 1st with “Catch the Train in Galena” where train enthusiasts can take part in an extraordinary presentation of model trains for the enjoyment of train lovers of all ages.
Friday and Saturday Dec 1-2
Start the festivities at the Stockton Christmas Walk. A holiday tradition with a Friday tree lighting on Hwy U.S. 20. Revel in the crowning of our royalty, caroling and cookies for all. Saturday Meet Santa and enjoy special events at businesses special events throughout town.
Saturday December 2nd
Christmas in Elizabeth with an old-fashioned Christmas Take a tour of the 1876 Banwarth House & Museum decorated for the season, check out the caboose and ten operating model trains at the Chicago Great Western Railway Depot Museum, and visit Santa. Enjoy the living history demonstration at the Apple River Fort and more. There will be a Christmas concert, craft show, soup & bake sale, Christmas Tree decorating contest, Santa Dash – 1-mile fun run and many stores open late with Christmas bargains and discounts.
The Cloran Mansion is also one of the hosting Bed and Breakfasts in our annual Holiday Progressive Dinner. Call us to reserve your ticket for a tasty treat and a joyous experience.
Galena hosts Fire in the Sky where the evening sky comes alive with fireworks to kick off the holiday season in downtown Galena. Live Carolers, hot cocoa and a festive bonfire will take over the Galena River levee during this holiday celebration.
Saturday December 9th
Night of the Luminaria and Living Windows. One of the most beautiful and romantic visions of the year. Stroll down Main Street and watch more than 30 windows come alive with holiday-inspired animation. From Main Street to the hills overlooking Grant Park, all of Galena will be glowing. Enter a land of enchantment on this magical night with more than 5,000 candlelit luminaries on streets, steps and sidewalks. Drive, walk, take a trolley or enjoy a carriage ride and be amazed at the sight.
Friday December 15th
Holiday Nights at Galena Wine Cellars brings in the holidays at Galena Cellars as they embrace the spirit of the season. Professional Pianist and Soloist, Lannette Calhoun will lead the fun with Christmas carols, group sing-alongs, jingle bells and lots of wine! Join the fun on the second floor at the downtown winery location in the Nouveau Room!
Kick off the New Year in Galena at New Year’s Eve… DeSoto style! Ring in the new year with Travis Hosette and the music of “Sinatra.” Dance and party all the way to 2018! Enjoy a cash bar, array of appetizers and desserts, party favors and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Seating is limited so purchase tickets early. Reservations are highly recommended.
Ladies are you looking for a great Fall Getaway with the girls? Come to Galena and celebrate with us at Girlfriends Getaway weekend. We have wonderful activities and sales going on all weekend long. Here are a few of the fun things to do with the ladies while you are here:
Belly Dancing – Saturday, September 8 (2:00 & 3:00pm)
Quartermania – Saturday, September 8 (6:00 – 9:00pm)
Slipper Party – Saturday, September 8 (9:30pm)
Girlfriends Brunch – Sunday, September 9 (8:00am – Noon)
Many of the shops downtown are offering discounts to good to pass up, not like you need an excuse to go shopping.
Pre-Registration is $50.00 per person
*Receive a Girlfriends Goodie Bag and you’ll be entered for the chance to win a $200 Galena Shopping Spree! Pre-Registration saves your spot for the weekend and includes Quartermania, Belly Dancing, Slipper Party and Sunday Brunch.
We have some rooms still available but they will go fast so call today!!
It’s hard to believe that 11 years ago we bought The Cloran Mansion.
If I had to describe our first month it would be very simple, Scared, Broke, Amazed and today I would just say Still Amazed and absolutely no regrets.
It’s been an incredible 11 years. We were married only 2 weeks before we opened, moved from a major city to a minor city and into a business that I knew absolutely nothing about. To this day I have never spent the night at any other Bed and Breakfast, but I didn’t need to, my guests have taught me everything.
So many guests have touched our lives and I hope that we have touched theirs as well. So many people have arrived here as guests and left as friends, many are almost like family.
We have had thousands of guests in our 11 years and although I cannot remember all of them, many of them will always be in our hearts.
We have had all kinds of people here from school bus drivers, teachers, technical people, factory workers, politicians, producers,and Secret Service, but they have all had one common element, a mini break. They are all just normal people looking for a small break from everyday.
We have had 97 weddings to date, 66 engagements on the property and 5 renewal of vows and a commitment ceremony. Each one has brought us wonderful memories.
We have had guests who arrived while dating, returned as an engaged couple, returned again as a married couple and returned again to show us their new baby. We love the Christmas cards and baby picture that we receive each year.
We have made some incredible friends here, lifelong friends. You cannot put a price on that.
We have had the opportunity in the past 11 years to become part of the community. Cheryl has been the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of the Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers ofGalena, a Director on the Hospital Board and advisor on various committees. I have been the President of the Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers of Galena, Co-Chairman and Director of The Visitors Center and on various committees as well. Galena is a wonderful town to call home.
If I had to choose some memorable moments – probably first time guests ever to a Bed and Breakfast, nervous and worried about the “rules” of staying at a Bed and Breakfast and then turning around and becoming returning guests on multiple occasions.
The term “labor of love” is all I can think of. I had (and still do have) the perfect partner who had some wonderful ideas and dreams.
It would take too long to go into every memorable moment, but let me assure you we have a lifetime of memories that have made us very happy and proud to own The Cloran Mansion.
It seems like only yesterday that summer was approaching. I can hardly believe that July is over in a few short days and August will be upon us. Never fear Galena has so many wonderful things to do every month of the year. Here are some fun and exciting things to see and do on your getaway this August.
Jo Daviess County Fair is this August 2-4th. What a wonderful opportunity to go to the carnival, play games, listen to music, and eat some yummifications. Bring the kids, have a girls or guys retreat, or stroll the park hand in hand with that special someone (maybe you can win them a prize). To view all the activities go to: http://www.jodaviesscountyfair.org/
Quilt Lovers this August 10-12th is the annual Galena/Jo Daviess Quilt Fest. You are sure to enjoy some quilt-tastic fun this year. For more information visit their Facebook page.
August 11-12th is the 7th Annual Market House Square Festival. Many talented Artists will be displaying their artwork for your enjoyment and purchases. To view pictures from last years events visit: http://www.hellogalena.org/news/2011-04-04_market_photos.htm
You may also be interested in the Vineyard tours, Ghost tours, and Mississippi River tours while the weather is still warm. Call and book your room with us and we can help you plan some amazing adventures while you are visiting our beautiful town.
Cheryl & Carmine
As the weather warms our memories bring us back to lazy summer days, cookouts, playing in pools and fishing trips. Galena has another wonderful tradition, the Annual Balloon Race. Each year in June the skies above Galena are filled with spectacular hot air balloons by day and in the evening the illumination as they glow in the night sky is breathtaking. The 3 daylong event features balloon rides, car shows, and live music. The Balloon Race is not only a wonderful experience for all; it also benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
We are pleased and excited to announce that we have recently acquired a new condominium that will only enhance the perfect Galena experience. As the newest addition, the Cloran Condo at World Mark’s Longhollow Point Lodge offers all the amenities of a fine hotel and the unique pleasures of a Bed and Breakfast.
Enjoy a spacious studio condo with private balcony, a king size bed, comfortable queen size sofa sleeper, see-through fireplace which separates the bedroom and bathroom that hosts a whirlpool for two and free standing shower booth. A 32-inch flat screen TV/Blu-ray DVD player, and soothing spa alarm clock radio and I pod/MP3 player docking station are provided for your enjoyment.
As Cloran Mansion guests you are always welcome to join us at the Mansion just a short drive away, for our famous country style breakfast.
We’re already getting great response and space is filling up quick. Check our availability calendar now to book your relaxing, romantic getaway at the Cloran Condo.
Galena, Illinois is the home of 9 civil war Generals and our 18th President
Come to Galena Illinois and help us celebrate President Grant’s birthday with a variety of events including free admission to the Galena History Museum, historical speakers, children’s period crafts, heritage programs, pie auction, period church service, and a Grand Gala in celebration of President Grant’s birthday. Various locations and times. Be sure to stay at an Illinois bed and breakfast